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Save The River's In the Schools Program has been designed to impact the community by enriching the depth of understanding and sensitivity about the River environment in school aged children.

Over the last three years, Save The River has been working with school teachers to create St. Lawrence River curriculum for local area classrooms. By providing this curriculum in the classroom, Save The River will educate the next generation about the importance of the St. Lawrence River and give students the tools to help protect this important resource for the future.

Below are the curriculum units created by our participating teachers. We have provided these units for teachers to take and use in the classroom. If you are interested in developing your own classroom units we'd love to hear from you. We also hope you will check out our Education Resource Links, which will provide you with additional resources to help shape the curriculum to meet your classroom needs.

Alien Invasion lesson

Worksheet helping students to learn about invasive species and discover how invasive species around the world effect native species and habitat.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: Invasive Species  ecosystem 

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Assessing evolution within small populations: looking at St. Lawrence River Muskies

Students will use cards to fish for St. Lawrence River muskie and assess fish populations comparing the current New York State fishing regulations versus catch and release program initiatives over time.

Author: Nancy Hummel
Date Developed: February 2011
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): High School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Living Envrionment Standard 1 & 4
Keywords: ecology  muskies  river  St. Lawrence River  stewardship  New York  muskellunge  high school  restoration 

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Graphing St. Lawrence River Tern Populations

Students will learn to interpret and graph real data collected on Common Tern populations on the St. Lawrence River. Students will then make proposals on what habitat restoration intiatives they would recommend to increase the population of this New York State threatened species.

Author: Nancy Hummel
Date Developed: February 2011
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): High School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Living Environment Standard 1 &4
Keywords: St. Lawrence River  high school  habitats  stewardship  restoration  graphing 

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Invasive Species Impacts to St. Lawrence River Food Webs

Students learn about and construct a St. Lawrence River food web using native species. Students are provided with information on St. Lawrence River invasive species and then determine the effects of these introductions on native species.

Author: Nancy Hummel
Date Developed: February 2011
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): High School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Living Environment Standard 1 & 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species  ecology  river  food webs 

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Invasive Species in the St. Lawrence River Web Quest: Brazilian Elodea

Worksheet assisting students in a web quest to learn about the Brazilian Elodea, an invasive plant that has invaded the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species 

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Invasive Species in the St. Lawrence River Web Quest: Fishhook Flea

Worksheet assisting students in a web quest to learn about the fishhook flea, and invasive zooplankton that has invaded the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species 

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Invasive Species in the St. Lawrence River Web Quest: Purple Loostrife

Worksheet assisting students in a web quest to learn about the purple loostrife, an invasive plant that has invaded the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species 

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Invasive Species in the St. Lawrence River Web Quest: Round Goby

Worksheet assisting students in a web quest to learn about the Round Goby, an invasive fish that has invaded the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species 

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Invasive Species in the St. Lawrence River Web Quest: Ruffe

Worksheet assisting students in a web quest to learn about the Ruffe, an invasive fish that is expected to invade the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species 

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Invasive Species in the St. Lawrence River Web Quest: Rusty Crayfish

Worksheet assisting students in a web quest to learn about the Rusty Crayfish, an invasive species that is expected to invade the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species 

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Invasive Species in the St. Lawrence River Web Quest: Sea Lamprey

Worksheet assisting students in a web quest to learn about the Sea Lamprey, an invasive fish that has invaded the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species 

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Invasive Species in the St. Lawrence River Web Quest: Silver Carp

Worksheet assisting students in a web quest to learn about the Silver Carp, an invasive fish that is expected to invade the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species 

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Invasive Species in the St. Lawrence River Web Quest: Watermilfoil

Worksheet assisting students in a web quest to learn about the Watermilfoil, an invasive plant that has invaded the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species 

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Invasive Species in the St. Lawrence River Web Quest: Zebra Mussel

Worksheet assisting students in a web quest to learn about the Zebra Mussle, an invasive species that has invaded the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species 

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Invasive species: what are they and how do they threaten the St.Lawrence River

Students will learn about invasive species, consequences and interventions as related to the St. Lawrence River ecosystem. They will also learn about Save The River and their efforts to battle invasive species on the St. Lawrence River.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Curricula  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species 

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Lesson 1: Where Do We Find Water?

Lesson Plan describing students learning about where water flows. Includes book “From Brook to Ocean” and then observing water as it runs down the mountain simulation.

Author: Heather White
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Elementary School
Category: Books and Publications  Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: water  river 

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Lesson 2: Sink - Float

Lesson Plan describing students learning about what objects sink and what objects float. Includes book “River Parade” and then observing objects as they are placed in a water table to see if they sink or float.

Author: Heather White
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Elementary School
Category: Books and Publications  Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: water  sink  float 

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Lesson 3: Water’s Surface

Lesson Plan describing students learning about what objects sink and what objects float. Includes water tension activity using water table and learning about the water strider and how it uses water tension to travel across water.

Author: Heather White
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Elementary School
Category: Books and Publications  Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: water  water tension 

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Lesson 4: River Otter

Lesson Plan describing students learning about River Otters. Includes “My Little Book of Otters” coloring and spelling activity.

Author: Heather White
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Elementary School
Category: Books and Publications  Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: water  river  otter 

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Lesson 5: My River, Our River

Lesson Plan describing students learning about River Otters. Includes book “My River” reading and creation and sharing of River scene.

Author: Heather White
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Elementary School
Category: Books and Publications  Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: water  river  stewardship 

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Living and Non-living things in the St. Lawrence River Habitat

Students will learn to identify living and non-living organisms from the St. Lawrence River and create habitats for these organisms. Students will also learn about Save The River and how they preserve and protect organisms and their habitats on the River.

Author: Patrick Sullivan
Date Developed: August 2010
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Elementary School
Category: Curricula  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  living  non-living 

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Muskie Fishing Cards

These cards are used with the Assessing evolution within small populations: looking at St. Lawrence River Muskies lesson.

Author: Nancy Hummel
Date Developed: February 2011
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): High School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Living Environment Standard 1 & 4
Keywords: muskies  ecosystem  stewardship  restoration  muskellunge  New York 

Download Resource

St. Lawrence River curriculum for the high school

A curriculum with a series of activities using graphing, card games and drawing to learn about threatened habitat, invasive species and changes in wildlife populations as a result of human interactions on the St. Lawrence River.

Author: Nancy Hummel
Date Developed: February 2011
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): High School
Category: Curricula  
Standard(s): Living Environment Standard 1 & 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species  ecology  river  St. Lawrence River  muskies  restoration  Common Tern  food web 

Download Resource

St. Lawrence River Ecology and the Affects of Invasive Species

Students will understand the principle of ecology and the biotic and abiotic factors that influence St. Lawrence River Habitat. Additionally, students will learn about invasive species and how their presence can adversely affect habitats. Students will also discover ways to prevent the introduction of invasive species and preserve native species as well as learn about Save The River and their role in protecting and preserving the St. Lawrence River.

Author: Maria Mesires
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Curricula  
Standard(s): Standard 4: Key learning ideas 6 and 7
Keywords: ecology  ecosystem  food web 

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Supplemental cards for Invasive Species Impacts on St. Lawrence River Food Webs

These printable cards are provided to students to learn about native and invasive species on the St. Lawrence River.

Author: Nancy Hummel
Date Developed: February 2011
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): High School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Living Environment Standard 1 & 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species  ecology  St. Lawrence River  high school 

Download Resource

Lesson 2: Sink - Float

Lesson Plan describing students learning about what objects sink and what objects float. Includes book “River Parade” and then observing objects as they are placed in a water table to see if they sink or float.

Author: Heather White
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Elementary School
Category: Books and Publications  Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: water  sink  float 

Download Resource

Lesson 3: Water’s Surface

Lesson Plan describing students learning about what objects sink and what objects float. Includes water tension activity using water table and learning about the water strider and how it uses water tension to travel across water.

Author: Heather White
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Elementary School
Category: Books and Publications  Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: water  water tension 

Download Resource

Lesson 4: River Otter

Lesson Plan describing students learning about River Otters. Includes “My Little Book of Otters” coloring and spelling activity.

Author: Heather White
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Elementary School
Category: Books and Publications  Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: water  river  otter 

Download Resource

Living and Non-living things in the St. Lawrence River Habitat

Students will learn to identify living and non-living organisms from the St. Lawrence River and create habitats for these organisms. Students will also learn about Save The River and how they preserve and protect organisms and their habitats on the River.

Author: Patrick Sullivan
Date Developed: August 2010
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Elementary School
Category: Curricula  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  living  non-living 

Download Resource

Lesson 1: Where Do We Find Water?

Lesson Plan describing students learning about where water flows. Includes book “From Brook to Ocean” and then observing water as it runs down the mountain simulation.

Author: Heather White
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Elementary School
Category: Books and Publications  Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: water  river 

Download Resource

Lesson 5: My River, Our River

Lesson Plan describing students learning about River Otters. Includes book “My River” reading and creation and sharing of River scene.

Author: Heather White
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Elementary School
Category: Books and Publications  Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: water  river  stewardship 

Download Resource

Invasive Species in the St. Lawrence River Web Quest: Fishhook Flea

Worksheet assisting students in a web quest to learn about the fishhook flea, and invasive zooplankton that has invaded the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species 

Download Resource

Invasive Species in the St. Lawrence River Web Quest: Watermilfoil

Worksheet assisting students in a web quest to learn about the Watermilfoil, an invasive plant that has invaded the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species 

Download Resource

Alien Invasion lesson

Worksheet helping students to learn about invasive species and discover how invasive species around the world effect native species and habitat.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: Invasive Species  ecosystem 

Download Resource

Invasive Species in the St. Lawrence River Web Quest: Round Goby

Worksheet assisting students in a web quest to learn about the Round Goby, an invasive fish that has invaded the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species 

Download Resource

Invasive Species in the St. Lawrence River Web Quest: Rusty Crayfish

Worksheet assisting students in a web quest to learn about the Rusty Crayfish, an invasive species that is expected to invade the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species 

Download Resource

Invasive Species in the St. Lawrence River Web Quest: Sea Lamprey

Worksheet assisting students in a web quest to learn about the Sea Lamprey, an invasive fish that has invaded the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species 

Download Resource

Invasive Species in the St. Lawrence River Web Quest: Ruffe

Worksheet assisting students in a web quest to learn about the Ruffe, an invasive fish that is expected to invade the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species 

Download Resource

Invasive species: what are they and how do they threaten the St.Lawrence River

Students will learn about invasive species, consequences and interventions as related to the St. Lawrence River ecosystem. They will also learn about Save The River and their efforts to battle invasive species on the St. Lawrence River.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Curricula  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species 

Download Resource

St. Lawrence River Ecology and the Affects of Invasive Species

Students will understand the principle of ecology and the biotic and abiotic factors that influence St. Lawrence River Habitat. Additionally, students will learn about invasive species and how their presence can adversely affect habitats. Students will also discover ways to prevent the introduction of invasive species and preserve native species as well as learn about Save The River and their role in protecting and preserving the St. Lawrence River.

Author: Maria Mesires
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Curricula  
Standard(s): Standard 4: Key learning ideas 6 and 7
Keywords: ecology  ecosystem  food web 

Download Resource

Invasive Species in the St. Lawrence River Web Quest: Silver Carp

Worksheet assisting students in a web quest to learn about the Silver Carp, an invasive fish that is expected to invade the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species 

Download Resource

Invasive Species in the St. Lawrence River Web Quest: Zebra Mussel

Worksheet assisting students in a web quest to learn about the Zebra Mussle, an invasive species that has invaded the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species 

Download Resource

Invasive Species in the St. Lawrence River Web Quest: Purple Loostrife

Worksheet assisting students in a web quest to learn about the purple loostrife, an invasive plant that has invaded the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species 

Download Resource

Invasive Species in the St. Lawrence River Web Quest: Brazilian Elodea

Worksheet assisting students in a web quest to learn about the Brazilian Elodea, an invasive plant that has invaded the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

Author: Mary Bowman
Date Developed: August 2009
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): Middle School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Standard 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species 

Download Resource

St. Lawrence River curriculum for the high school

A curriculum with a series of activities using graphing, card games and drawing to learn about threatened habitat, invasive species and changes in wildlife populations as a result of human interactions on the St. Lawrence River.

Author: Nancy Hummel
Date Developed: February 2011
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): High School
Category: Curricula  
Standard(s): Living Environment Standard 1 & 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species  ecology  river  St. Lawrence River  muskies  restoration  Common Tern  food web 

Download Resource

Muskie Fishing Cards

These cards are used with the Assessing evolution within small populations: looking at St. Lawrence River Muskies lesson.

Author: Nancy Hummel
Date Developed: February 2011
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): High School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Living Environment Standard 1 & 4
Keywords: muskies  ecosystem  stewardship  restoration  muskellunge  New York 

Download Resource

Supplemental cards for Invasive Species Impacts on St. Lawrence River Food Webs

These printable cards are provided to students to learn about native and invasive species on the St. Lawrence River.

Author: Nancy Hummel
Date Developed: February 2011
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): High School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Living Environment Standard 1 & 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species  ecology  St. Lawrence River  high school 

Download Resource

Invasive Species Impacts to St. Lawrence River Food Webs

Students learn about and construct a St. Lawrence River food web using native species. Students are provided with information on St. Lawrence River invasive species and then determine the effects of these introductions on native species.

Author: Nancy Hummel
Date Developed: February 2011
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): High School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Living Environment Standard 1 & 4
Keywords: ecosystem  Invasive Species  ecology  river  food webs 

Download Resource

Assessing evolution within small populations: looking at St. Lawrence River Muskies

Students will use cards to fish for St. Lawrence River muskie and assess fish populations comparing the current New York State fishing regulations versus catch and release program initiatives over time.

Author: Nancy Hummel
Date Developed: February 2011
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): High School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Living Envrionment Standard 1 & 4
Keywords: ecology  muskies  river  St. Lawrence River  stewardship  New York  muskellunge  high school  restoration 

Download Resource

Graphing St. Lawrence River Tern Populations

Students will learn to interpret and graph real data collected on Common Tern populations on the St. Lawrence River. Students will then make proposals on what habitat restoration intiatives they would recommend to increase the population of this New York State threatened species.

Author: Nancy Hummel
Date Developed: February 2011
Subject(s): Science
Level(s): High School
Category: Lessons and Activities  
Standard(s): Living Environment Standard 1 &4
Keywords: St. Lawrence River  high school  habitats  stewardship  restoration  graphing 

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